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Saturday, May 24, 2008
(All times Eastern)
Toronto FC (4-2-2) at D.C. United (2-7-0), 7:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - D.C. United has the worst record in Major
League Soccer entering the second leg of a home-and-home series with Toronto
FC on Saturday.
The four-time MLS Cup champions have posted the best record in the league the
last two seasons, but with just one win in their last seven are desperate for
United lost to Toronto FC on Wednesday, 1-0, but take some comfort in playing
the second game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. - where it's posted both of
its wins this season.
"It's definitely a tough situation. It's embarrassing to me, but we've got to
go back to work and right the ship," United midfielder Fred said. "I've been
through this before and I have the experience with it, but you never want to
go through something like this."
Toronto, which is unbeaten in six straight, took advantage of an early mistake
by D.C.'s Devon McTavish to score the lone goal in Wednesday's match. McTavish
started in central defense, although he's a midfielder, and TFC striker Danny
Dichio buried the mistake just seven minutes into the game.
"When you're going through rough stretches, one mistake, or two mistakes tend
to cost you and that was a bad mistake, you know, seven minutes in," United
coach Tom Soehn said. "I thought we came out with a lot of energy, I thought
we executed what we came to do, but a mistake is hard to recover from."
TFC held on to post its fourth shutout in its last five games. It's six-match
unbeaten run - which includes four wins - is the longest in franchise history.
"It was important that we can get a 'W' under these circumstances and it gives
us confidence going in to D.C. now [on Saturday]," TFC goalkeeper Greg Sutton
said. "You know I think that we're real confident bunch that we can get three
points going down there."
Toronto does have a few concerns entering Saturday's game with Dichio (groin),
Maurice Edu (quadriceps) and Laurent Robert (knee) all probable with injuries.
D.C. hopes to get any edge it can. United has just one goal in its last four
games and has allowed a league-high 18 goals. Last year's league MVP, Luciano
Emilio, has just one goal and that was in a 4-1 win over Toronto on April 5.
"We had our chances to score we had plenty of set pieces, especially in the
first half we weren't quite sharp with that last pass. Yet we still had our
chances to do what we needed to do but we didn't put them away," Soehn said of
Soehn said after last weekend's 3-1 loss to Chivas USA that, "we're going to
evaluate everything." If United loses again Saturday, that may not be Soehn's
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